Kimberly Simms is an award winning poet, performer, and writer as well as an arts integration expert. She is the 2016 Carl Sandburg Writer-in-Residence, a member of the SC Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau, a South Carolina Arts Commission Approved Artist, and a SMART Arts teaching artist. Her poetry has appeared in Poem, The South Carolina Review, The Asheville Poetry Review, The John Edward Johnson Prize from The Poetry Society of SC, and many more. Her work is included in the South Carolina Poetry Archives at Furman University. She was a member of the Greenville Slam Team that won the South East Regional Poetry Slam in 1998. Simms has a master's degree in English from Clemson University with a Creative Writing Thesis, as well as a bachelor's in English from Furman University. You can learn more about her at www.kimberlysimms.com.
While dedicating some of her time between her work as a teaching artist and her writing for young adults, Kimberly Simms is an award winning poet in her own right. She is the 2016 Carl Sandburg Writer-In-Residence and a member of the Humanities SC's Speaker's Bureau. Her work is included in the South Carolina Poetry Archives at Furman University.
Her poetry has appeared in Poem, The South Carolina Review, The Asheville Poetry Review, The Blue Collar Review, Eclipse, Kakalak (Honorable Mention), Plains Song Review, The John Edward Johnson Prize from The Poetry Society of SC, The Millennium Sampler of SC Poetry, as well as a number of other respected journals, anthologies, and magazines.
Kimberly Jane Simms has been sharing her poems with a variety of audiences since she started running poetry slams at age 20 in Charleston, SC. Since then she has gone on to gain recognition from both esteemed literary editors, as well as live audiences. Kimberly publishes under her maiden name Kimberly Jane Simms, but lives under her married name Kimberly Gibbs.
When she was in her twenties, Kimberly Simms won a number of renowned performance poetry awards, including the championship for the Southern Fried South East Regional Poetry Slam 1998, as a member of the Greenville Slam Team. She has been a featured performer and reader internationally at festivals and venues including the Battersea Arts Center London, The Institute of Contemporary Arts London, The Chopin Theater Chicago, The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, The Peace Center, Ladyfest Atlanta, the LEAF Festival, and Artisphere, as well as numerous other arts establishments and universities.
One of Kimberly's biggest accomplishments is raising her daughter, Jordan, who is now six. While focusing on her small daughter, Kimberly took a break from publishing and performing from 2009 to 2014.
Kimberly is married to master carpenter Jeremy Gibbs, who is a propmaker with the
IATSE 491 Union out of Atlanta. He is most well known for his work on The Walking Dead, Fast and Furious 7, The Hunger Games, and Shutter Island. They recently celebrated 13 years together.
She worked for ten years as a middle school certified English Language Arts teacher for Greenville County Schools. Before dedicating her life to teaching, writing, and non-profits, KJ Gibbs worked in marketing for companies such as Neal Prince + Partners Architects, the British Film Institute London, and the Tate Gallery London.